Lindsay Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, was in court on Wednesday to meet with prosecutors and the new judge overseeing the actress' probation violation case. During the meeting, which was held in the chambers of Judge Elden S. Fox, the idea of whether troubled "Mean Girls" star should be released from drug rehab early was reportedly discussed.
After serving 13 days of a 90-day jail sentence, Lohan was slated to spend 90 days in a drug rehabilitation facility. But according to RadarOnline, a court date to discuss the length of Lohan's treatment has been set for August 25.
The site reported that the doctors treating Lohan — who has logged three previous stints in rehab — have recommended that she spend no more than 30 days at the UCLA Medical Center. Lohan is only on day 18 of her court-imposed rehab stay, but a number of outlets have reported that she could be released early from the treatment program.
TMZ reported last week that the UCLA program typically runs for 45 days. When contacted by MTV News prior to Lohan's jail stint, "Celebrity Rehab" host and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky said that he believed that Lohan should spend the full 90 days in rehab to deal with her substance issues — and possibly stay there even longer.
In 2007, Lohan was released from the Promises drug rehab program after 45 days of treatment, and she spent her first night after leaving the facility out at a Las Vegas nightclub. At the time, Pinsky said it was a sign of more trouble to come.
"My expectation was that we were going to see more recovery because she extended her stay appropriately and seemed to be following the advice of professionals," Pinsky said of Lohan's trip to a Sin City club. "The problem is that early in treatment, you don't have this active craving, and you think you can walk into an environment and be around the old triggers and not have it result in using, which is a common mistake."
It's possible Lohan could be released after 45 days of inpatient care and ordered to spend the final 45 days in outpatient care, but a source told TMZ that's not a likely scenario in her case.
Last week, Holley told the site, "We are waiting to hear the assessment of doctors and other treatment professionals concerning the appropriate length of Ms. Lohan's rehabilitation. We will defer to their expertise and to the wisdom and authority of Judge Fox in that regard." Holley could not be reached for comment at press time.